Kenya pledges to eliminate childhood malnutrition

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-21 22:28:57|Editor: xuxin
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NAIROBI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday renewed his government's commitment to eradicating childhood malnutrition and stunting.

"The government is committed to delivering on the food and nutrition security pillar of the Big Four Agenda. Our main goal is to end childhood malnutrition," Kenyatta said during the launch of the cost of hunger in Africa Kenya study report in Nairobi.

Kenya has reduced the stunting rate in children from a high of 33 percent in 1994 to 26 percent in 2014. Kenyatta said that Kenya is committed to reducing the stunting rates to 14.5 percent by 2030.

He urged policymakers to put in place a comprehensive mechanism to address the challenges of child undernutrition by scaling up and diversifying financing for good nutrition. "Embrace and strengthen existing public-private partnership in the implementation of the policy recommendations from the study," said Kenyatta.

He appealed to development partners to support the food security agenda for the country that will benefit vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women and communities in semi-arid counties.